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Need to Know: Do the Giants play to win vs. the Redskins?

Need to Know: Do the Giants play to win vs. the Redskins?

Here is what you need to know on this Wednesday, December 28, four days before the Washington Redskins host the New York Giants.

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Today's schedule: Practice 10:45; Jay Gruden and Kirk Cousins press conferences, player availability after practice approx. 11:45

Days until: Giants @ Redskins, New Year’s Day 4; Wild card playoff round starts 10; Division playoff round start 17

Injuries of note:
S Whitner (quad), C Long (ankle), CB Dunbar (concussion), TE Reed (shoulder), WR Jackson (jaw), RB Kelley (knee), LB Cravens (upper arm)
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First look at Redskins vs. Giants

Do they play to win the game? Ben McAdoo will say the Giants are going to play to win. So will all of the players. But that may not necessarily be the case. How long does Eli Manning play? And the offensive line has been banged up a lot this year. If McAdoo wants to rest some O-linemen will he keep Eli in? Will the score determine if/when he starts sending backups? There will be some talk but we won’t really know until the game starts unfolding on Sunday.

Eli takes a step back: One of the reasons why the Giants hired McAdoo to be their coach is that Manning’s experienced a career revival when McAdoo came in as Tom Coughlin’s offensive coordinator in 2014. Eli’s numbers aren’t back to where they were pre-McAdoo but compared to last year he is down in touchdowns, yards per attempt, and passer rating and up in interceptions. Hmmm, maybe the Redskins are hoping that he does play the whole game.

Norman vs. Beckham 3: I’m not sure how big a deal Norman vs. Beckham is going to be this time around. There weren’t much fireworks during the Week 3 game in the Meadowlands and, of course, the Redskins have far more important things on their minds than any sort of individual matchup. Also, if McAdoo senses that Beckham is getting rattled he can sit him out for a series or two or just give him the rest of the day off. The matchup will get some play but there are far more important matters at hand.

Leaders: Passing, Manning 3,847 yards; Rushing, Rashad Jennings 541 yards; Receiving Beckham 96 rec., 1323 yds., 10 TD; Interceptions, Landon Collins 5; Sacks Olivier Vernon 8.5

Three and out: The Giants defense is the polar opposite of the Redskins D in one important aspect—they are first in the NFL in both red zone defense and goal to go defense . . . The time to get to the Giants is early. They have been outscored 88-51 in the first quarter but they have an scoring edge in the other three periods . . . In addition to throwing 16 interceptions Manning has lost four fumbles.

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

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Amidst Jags controversy, Landon Collins goes full Suge Knight to recruit Jalen Ramsey to Redskins

Even during this relatively quiet period of the NFL calendar, there's still plenty of controversy around the league.

Take Jacksonville for example, where Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey has been firing back at executive vice president Tom Coughlin for saying he wants every player to attend the team's voluntary offseason workouts. Ramsey, as you may have already guessed, has elected to skip these workouts. 

Seeing an opportunity, new Redskins safety Landon Collins invited Ramsey to Washington via Twitter, going into full Suge Knight "Come to Death Row" mode to make his pitch. 

Ramsey seemed quite amused by the prospect, but also didn't seem totally opposed to the idea of teaming up with Collins in D.C. 

While it's unlikely Washington trades for Ramsey, nothing's stopping you from firing up the NFL Roster Builder and putting the two-time Pro Bowler in burgundy and gold, Redskins fans! 

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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

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Redskins fans shouldn't hate the idea of Daniel Jones at No. 15 as much as they seem to

For some reason — whether it's because they like another quarterback better, or because his college numbers don't exactly pop, or because he went to college at Duke — a ton of Redskins fans really don't like the idea of their team drafting Daniel Jones 15th overall.

In fact, its gotten to the point where some have even changed their handle on Twitter to names that reflect their anti-Jones stance. 

In a Mock Draft Special on NBC Sports Washington's MyTeams app, though, Charley Casserly has the Redskins taking Jones at pick No. 15. Now, before you punt your phone or spike your laptop, hear Casserly out on what there is to like about Jones. 

"He's the most pro-ready quarterback in this year's draft," the former GM explained. "Why do I say that? Vision and anticipation. Vision is the ability to see the field and go in a progression from one to two to three in the receivers. Anticipation — see the blitz coming, get it to the hot receiver, get the ball out before the receiver makes his break. He's very good at both of those things."

What Jones doesn't have, such as a top arm, is something you can see right away in workouts and on tape. But his strengths, such as his ability to find the right read or throw a wideout open, aren't as simple to notice.

Perhaps that's why 'Skins fans are so against him — because you have to do more projecting when it comes to his future as opposed to someone like Kyler Murray or Dwayne Haskins, guys with tons of college success and tape that will wow you.

Jay Gruden has mentioned this offseason how, if Washington does grab a QB, he expects that player to come in early and compete. They can't be treated like a minor leaguer, someone who can slowly work their way up to a place where they're ready for Sundays. 

According to Casserly at least, Jones won't need much grooming. Maybe that catches Gruden's eye.

In his mock, the analyst slotted the Duke product to the Redskins instead of Missouri's Drew Lock due to, among other things, Lock not being as accurate. Other players the Burgundy and Gold could've selected but didn't were Brian Burns, Clelin Ferrell and DK Metcalf.

In the end, Casserly kept lauding Jones' readiness. In addition to his athleticism, Casserly expects Jones to come into the league and make a difference early with his eyes and his mind.

"Super smart guy," he said. "He's a natural at that stuff. That's not natural. That's stuff you have to learn."

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